Age: 1-2 years
Size/Weight: 44 lbs
Color: Orange & White
Breed: English Setter
Socialization/training: Rex LOVES to be loved. When he first arrived in rescue, he was extremely fearful and was reluctant to come to people, but he has slowly learned to trust that he will not be hurt and has found that he adores affection and being petted and cuddled. He is a very loving boy by nature but will need a patient family as he will probably be fearful for a while in a new environment. Rex has a great temperament, but he still needs work on commands and basic training. The focus in his foster home has been on making him feel safe, so we have not done a lot of obedience training.
Good with Children: Unknown. There are no young children in Rex’s foster home. He is very nervous and startles easily. He also has a tendency to jump on people (he loves to plunge onto your lap on the couch), so would be best in a home without small children. He would probably do well with older children who know how to be gentle with him.
Good with Dogs: Yes. Rex has interacted with many dogs in his foster home and done very well. He is a very laid back fellow and is quite tolerant of other dogs. He did growl a bit at a couple of rowdy male dogs who visited, but it was just a brief growl and nothing became of it. He gets along fabulously with all of his foster sisters (he’s had 6 so far).
Good with Cats: Unknown. Rex has not been exposed to cats in his foster home.
House trained: Yes. Rex has not had an accident in quite a while, but he might regress or try to mark when he first arrives in his new home.
Crate trained: Yes, Rex will go in the crate for a treat, but he isn’t a big fan. He would rather be close to you.
Leash trained: Needs work. Rex was never exposed to a leash before coming in to rescue and he has a huge yard at his foster home, so has not spent much time leash walking. Initially, he is confused by the leash and pulls, but he does settle in after a little bit.
Activity Level: Typical young setter – fairly high energy. Rex loves to run in the big yard and chase the birds and squirrels. He definitely needs to have the opportunity to run free and burn off his setter energy. Once he has had a good run, he will come inside and chill out beautifully. He relaxes very well and is calm in the house.
Fence REQUIRED: Rex likes to run and does not have very good recall when out in the yard.
Behavior: Rex is generally well behaved in the house. Although he doesn’t have a lot of training, he is a naturally good boy and has not tried to chew anything inappropriate. He LOVES to cuddle and is a big couch snuggler when he is inside.
Medical History: Rex is healthy, up to date on all his vaccinations, neutered, microchipped, and is on flea/tick and heartworm prevention.
Rex comes from Greece where Leishmaniasis is endemic and very common. He tested negative for the disease before coming to the US, but since Leishmania can have a long dormancy period, any applicants interested in adopting Rex (or any of our Greek Setters) need to commit to having him tested annually for Leishmaniasis for 7 years.
Foster Comments: Rex came to the US from Greece in early February. He was rescued by a wonderful Good Samaritan in northern Greece who took him in, gave him vet care, and helped him come to the US. Although we don’t know a lot about his early life in Greece, we suspect that he may have been mistreated before he was rescued because he was extremely fearful when he first arrived. It was obvious that he wanted love and affection but did not trust people. He came over to the US with another setter named Lucy (currently going through Heartworm treatment), and he followed her lead on everything. When a person would come near, Rex stayed in the background and shied away until he saw Lucy running up for love – once he saw that Lucy was getting affection, he would come up and let you pet him as well. Over time in his foster home, he has learned that people can be kind and he will run up to his foster family looking for cuddles. When I sit on the couch, he jumps up and almost throws himself into my lap. He is a world class cuddler. He loves to be petted and hugged and will snuggle up and sleep plastered against you if you let him.
Although he has come a huge way, Rex is still very nervous and startles very easily. He is afraid of loud noises, new people, and anything unfamiliar. He is absolutely terrified of lacrosse sticks, baseball bats or anything similar. He was initially too afraid to go through doors, and I would have to pick him up and carry him in and out. He learned by following Lucy that he didn’t need to be afraid of the door, and he now goes in and out easily, but will likely need to re-learn that in his new home. Rex definitely needs a very gentle, calm and patient family that will understand his fears and give him time to adjust. He also needs a home with another friendly dog that he can follow and learn from. He does not engage in play with other dogs, but seems to like the comfort of having them around.
Rex is currently crated when no one is at home. He goes willingly into his crate for his meals and for a treat and does very well there. He does not have accidents in his crate. Although he does well in his crate, Rex does NOT like to be left alone, and he lets you know very loudly that he is not happy being on his own. As a result, he would not do well in an apartment where others would hear him barking when his family is away. When you are with him, Rex is a perfect companion – he will cuddle with you on the couch or lay on a chair or a dog bed beside you and be perfectly calm and quiet. His ideal home would have a family where his mom/dad worked from home and he could just hang out in the home office beside you.
Adoption fee: $300.00
Foster Location: Temperance, MI
In most cases volunteer transport is available for your adopted dog to within 2 hours of your home.